If you’re shopping for a new phone this weekend, be prepared to read some fine print. The days of straightforward discounts are over. Instead, you’re now looking at deals that require you to sign up for frequently confusing installment or leasing plans, with the discounts paying out over the course up to two years.
That’s certainly not as nice as just getting a price cut up front. But if you were planning to buy your phone on a monthly payment plan anyway, there’s not much to take issue with here. On Black Friday, you’ll be able to save several hundred dollars on some of this year’s top phones. You can check out this year’s best discounts below.
Buy a new iPhone or Galaxy phone on an AT&T or Verizon installment plan, get a free $300 Walmart gift card. For iPhones, the offers applies to the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X. For Galaxy phones, it applies to the S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8.
The year-old Galaxy S7 (32GB) is also on sale for $299 (usually $499).
Buy a Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, or Note 8 for $300 off on Verizon and Sprint installment plans.
Buy an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus for $200 off on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint installment plans.
Buy an iPhone 6S for $150 off on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint installment plans.
Buy an LG G6 for $119.76 on a Sprint installment plan (usually $480).
Buy a Moto Z2 Play for $191.76 on Verizon installment plan (usually $408).
Buy a Moto G Plus (64GB) for $225 (usually $300).
Buy an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus on a Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint installment plan, get a free $250 Target gift card.
Buy a Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, or Galaxy Note 8 on on a Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint installment plan, get a free $300 Target gift card.
Verizon is offering 50 percent off the Pixel 2, Galaxy S8, and Moto Z2 Force when you sign up for an unlimited plan.
It’s also offering 35 percent off the Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Note 8 for those who sign up for an unlimited plan.
And finally, it’ll be offering $100 off some Android phones above $400 when bought on an installment plan. We’ve reached out to Verizon to find out which phones qualify.
Lease a Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S8 Active, or Note 8 for 50 percent off. Be aware that the discount applies to the 18-month lease period only. If you want to pay off and purchase the phone, you’ll have to pay full price on the remaining quarter of it.
Lease a Moto Z2 Force for 50 percent off. Like the Samsung deal, this applies to the 18-month lease period only.
Lease an iPhone 8 or X for $350 off. No additional gimmicks here, though you’ll need to remain subscribed to Sprint for 18 months to get the total discount.
This is hard to really qualify as a deal, but T-Mobile will give you $300 off an iPhone X if you trade in another recent iPhone. The discount will be doled out over 24 monthly payments.
Otherwise, T-Mobile is primarily doing buy-one-get-one deals, which require opening a new line of service (something that won’t apply to most people). But if you’ve been planning to do that, now’s the time: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S8 Active, and Note 8, and the LG V30 and G6 are all eligible. Buy one, open another line of service, and the second phone will be free. Critically, though, both phones have to be on installment plans, so you’ll have to stick with T-Mobile for two years to fully get the discount.
AT&T hasn’t announced its Black Friday deals yet.
Buy an HTC U11 for $599 ($50 off) and get a free pair of JBL Reflect Aware USB-C earbuds.
Buy a Moto Z2 Play for $400 (usually $500).
All Moto Mods are on sale for 25 percent off.
Buy a Moto G5 Plus with 32GB of storage for $200 ($30 off) or with 64GB of storage for $230 ($70 off).
Buy an LG V30 or V30 Plus, get up to $400 off another LG product.
Buy a Galaxy S8 or Note 8, get a free Gear 360.
Get $150 off the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus starting Thursday, November 23rd.
Google hasn’t announced Black Friday deals just yet, but Pixel discounts will be available through Verizon.
Apple doesn’t seem to have deals of its own this year (or it hasn’t announced them yet). Instead, you’ll have to go to retailers to see what kind of deals they’re offering on the iPhone.